Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 23, 2015

“you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ruth Chapter 2.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now Naomi had a kinsman of her husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.  2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor.”  And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”  3 So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers;  and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.  4 Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, “May the Lord be with you.”  And they said to him, “May the Lord bless you.”  5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”  6 The servant in charge of the reapers replied, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab.  7 And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ Thus she came and has remained from the morning until now;  she has been sitting in the house for a little while.”

8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids.  9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them.  Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you.  When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw.”  10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”  11 Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.  12 May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”  Ruth 2:1-12.

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An element of faith is the belief that God rewards those who seek him.  “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

Ruth did indeed believe Boaz that he would reward her and did stick with Boaz’ field and servants.

We also work for others believing that they will reward us.

So, this concept should not be strange to us.

Certainly, there are abuses by many preachers, especially televangelists, who preach a “prosperity gospel”.  But, the Scriptures are filled with promises of rewards from our LORD.  We should take heed to these Scriptures and study them and not just dismiss these Scriptures every time as being only a “prosperity gospel”.  

Nor should we minimize and dismiss the promises of a reward in these Scriptures as being “only” the reward of eternal life as supremely great as that is.  “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8: 31.

These Scriptures should build our faith.  The sharing of these Scriptures should encourage us and others to be steadfast.  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:18. 

Here are some of the Scriptures.

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you;  Your reward shall be very great.”  Genesis 15:1.

“But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”  2 Chronicles 15:7.

“Moreover, by them (the commandments of the LORD) Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.”  Psalm 19:11.

“And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;  Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”  Psalm 58:11.

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”  Psalm 127:3.

“18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.
19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.”  Proverbs 11:18-19.

“21 Adversity pursues sinners,
But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”  Proverbs 13:21-22.

“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, honor and life.”  Proverbs 22:4.

“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting:  to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him;  for this is his reward.  Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.  For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.”  Ecclesiastes 5:18-20.

“Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun;  for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 9:9.

“Behold, the Lord God will come with might,
With His arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His reward is with Him
And His recompense before Him.”  Isaiah 40:10.

“11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;
Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.”
12 And they will call them, “The holy people,
The redeemed of the Lord”;
And you will be called, “Sought out, a city not forsaken.”  Isaiah 62:11-12.

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great;  for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:12.

“so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.’  Matthew 6:4.

“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.   And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”  Matthew 10:41-42.

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return;  and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”  Luke 6:35.

“Now he who plants and he who waters are one;  but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”  1 Corinthians 3:8.

“If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.”  1 Corinthians 3:14.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  Colossians 3:23-24.

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